IT was a tragic accident that took the life of a Camperdown man, but now the community is rallying together to help the family of Jock Anderson.
A fund-raiser auction will be held at Warrnambool Golf Club on Friday, July 25 for the young family Mr Anderson has left behind, including his wife Sharna and two children, Chloe, 4 and Sienna, 1.
Friends and family organising the auction are calling on the community for both monetary and item donations.
Mr Anderson, a keen footballer and best and fairest winner, was struck by a milk tanker about 15 kilometres south of Lismore two weeks ago.
Glenn Cunningham, Mrs Anderson’s brother, said the family had enough to deal with without also having to worry about paying bills.
“All money raised by the event will go straight into a bank account for Sharna to help them get on with everything,” he said.
Mrs Anderson’s friend, Naomi Kenna, and sister-in-law, Narelle Cunningham, said they had been overwhelmed by the support from the community so far. “We’ve received some donations from friends, family and even strangers who did not know Jock,” Mrs Cunningham said.
Items to be auctioned on the night already include accommodation packages in Sorrento, Lady Bay Resort and Melbourne’s Langham Hotel, a whole lamb butchered, packaged and delivered, signed Geelong, Richmond and Carlton AFL jerseys and a 6x4 trailer from David C. Thomas & Co Terang.
There will also be a trip for six to Adelaide up for grabs, including two nights accommodation and return flights in a private jet, donated by Midfield Meat.
Prized bull semen worth almost $4000 will also be put to auction, as well as another worth $600.
Doors open at 6pm for the 7pm auction. Entry is $20.
Item donations can be dropped off at Warrnambool Golf Club or the Terang Hotel. Money can be donated directly to the family’s account. Account name: Sharna Anderson BSB: 063-508. Account number: 1026-6476.
Businesses who want to present their donations on the night can register interest to firstname.lastname@example.org